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Galaxy Forum China 2013 - PNAE (Brazil National Program of Space Activites
Brazilian National Program
of Space Activities
(PNAE 2012 – 2021)
Brazilian Space Agency
Highest priority: drive industrial progress
Brazil has a special vocation for space activities.
With over 8.5 million km² of land, the country's
territory totals 13 million km², including
4.5 million km² of sea.
Its heritage, rich in natural resources
of all kinds, needs to be increasingly identified,
studied, monitored, managed, explored and
protected in the best possible way.
Space science and technology are vital to this
effort. The industry has a historical role to fulfill.
This is a great challenge
to meet the increasing
space needs and demands
in the country.
1) Consolidate the Brazilian space industry, by increasing
its competitiveness and innovation capacity, also through
the use of the State's purchasing power and
the partnerships with other countries.
2) Develop an intensive program of critical technologies,
in order to foster the capacity building in the space sector,
with greater participation of academia, S&T governmental
institutions and the industry.
3) Expand partnerships with other countries,
by prioritizing joint development of technological
and industrial projects of mutual interest.
4) Encourage funding of programs based on public and/or private
5) Promote greater integration of the space activities governance
system in the country, by increasing synergy and effectiveness of actions
among its main players and the creation of the National Space Policy
Council, conducted directly by the Presidency of the Republic.
6) Improve the legislation to strengthen space activities, by
encouraging and facilitating government purchases, allocating more
funds for the Space Sector Fund, and decreasing taxes in the industry.
7) Encourage the human resources development by training of
experts needed in the Brazilian space activities, both domestically
8) Promote public awareness on the relevance of the study, use
and development of the space activities in Brazil.
What are our priority actions?
# Achieve the capacity to launch satellites
from our territory.
# Use the State's purchasing power to
mobilize the industry to develop complete
# Transfer space product technologies
developed by research institutes to the
What are our priority actions?
# Engage the industry in all stages of development
of space projects – from design to construction
of equipment as well as complete space systems.
# Encourage the stablishiment of prime contractor
companies in the space industry.
# Raise the Space Policy to the status of State
Policy, establishing the strategic and geopolitical
interest of space activities in the country
and contributing to strengthen
Brazil's autonomy and sovereignty.
Relevant recent developments
# Creation of the public-private company
VISIONA Space Technology,
first Brazilian prime contractor enterprise.
# Construction of the first Brazilian
Geoestacionary Communication Satellite (SGDC).
# Launching the CBERS-3 (China-Brazil Earth
Resources Satellite) next December from China.
# Ten Year Space Cooperation Plan
between Brazil and China was approved.